FLASHBACK: Gardner Goes on Recess Without COVID-19 Relief *47 Days* After He Said it Would Be “Unfathomable” to Leave Washington Without Further Relief
Gardner Talked Tough, Then Cowered to McConnell With Nothing to Show for Coloradans
Denver, CO – 47 days ago, Senator Cory Gardner pulled a political stunt by saying it would be “unfathomable” for the Senate to leave for recess before taking further action on COVID-19 relief — but since caving to his party bosses in Washington, Gardner has gone on recess twice, leaving Coloradans out to dry.
The Senate hasn’t passed any new aid for Colorado families or hospitals since Gardner’s Memorial Day weekend grandstanding. Gardner also refuses to support extending the enhanced unemployment benefits set to expire on July 31st.
While more than 600,000 Coloradans file claims for unemployment and up to hundreds of thousands could lose their insurance coverage, Gardner has again shown why he is “Mitch McConnell’s right-hand man,” going on a two-week break instead of standing up to his party boss to provide additional assistance as Coloradans are in urgent need of relief.
Colorado Democratic Party spokesperson Eli Rosen:
“Coloradans continue to suffer from the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus, but Senator Gardner just gives us lip service in Colorado and folds to Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell back in Washington. Coloradans are tired of Senator Gardner’s empty grandstanding and come November, voters will replace him with John Hickenlooper — who has always stood up for Colorado in times of crisis.”